Leader of the House written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of Grant Shapps Grant Shapps Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government) (Housing and Planning), Co-Chair, Conservative Party

To ask the Leader of the House

(1) if she will bring forward proposals to require a Minister of the Crown to present to the House any bill supported in a petition signed by one million or more people eligible to vote;

(2) if she will bring forward proposals to require a debate to be held in the House on the subject matter of a petition signed by 100,000 or more people eligible to vote.

Photo of Harriet Harman Harriet Harman Chair, Modernisation of the House of Commons Committee, Minister of State (Government Equalities Office), The Leader of the House of Commons , Member, Labour Party National Executive Committee, Party Chair, Labour Party, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party

On 22 February, the House approved recommendations from the Select Committee on Reform of the House of Commons (HC 1117, Session 2008-09) for greater public involvement in the legislative process (Recommendation 42) and for the establishment of a system of petitions requiring debate (Recommendation 43). Further work on the implementation of these recommendations will be required in the next Parliament.

I also refer the hon. Gentleman to the written answer given by Nick Harvey, representing the House of Commons Commission, on 8 February 2010, Hansard, columns 651-52W, which describes some of the work already being undertaken by the House authorities in these areas.

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